How to choose the right nail for the job

Now, I know some of you are going to laugh at the title of this post. Many of you are probably thinking what´s so complicated about buying a nail? Aren´t they all basically the same?

Not all nails are the same

Well, the short answer is no. The longer answer is far from it. There are dozens of different types of nails and they will not all do the same job.

 If you are simply nailing your rake head back on you need not worry too much about buying the right type. But, if you are nailing a shed together you had better choose the right nails. If you do not, there is a real risk that your shed could quickly fall apart. Something you would not want if you were trying to follow the advice in this article ( to add value to your home.

What do you need to look for when buying nails?


Fortunately, the checklist you have to go through when buying nails is a relatively short one. Plus, if you are in any doubt you can always get in-depth advice about choosing the right ones from somewhere like here. But, here is a brief overview.

Will it fit your nail gun?

These days, a lot of people use nail guns. If you do, make sure that the nails you choose are suitable for your nail gun. This is especially important if you are buying your nails from abroad because there are still slight variations in sizing, across the world.

The materials you are nailing together

The first consideration is what materials you are nailing together. The points, heads, and shafts of wood nails are all different from the type you would use to put up drywall.

The environment

Next, you need to think about what types of conditions the nails you are planning to use will be exposed to. If you are putting together something that will never be used outside you do not necessarily pay extra and buy the rustproof kind.

Length of the nail

It is particularly important to choose nails that are long enough. You do not want to use ones that are too short. Choosing a length that barely holds something together is a big mistake. If you do this it will be far more likely to fall apart, in the end.